As we get older, our bodies begin to react differently to alcohol and medications than when we were younger. Many older people take many different medications, which may not mix well with each other or with alcoholic drinks. If older adults do not adjust for these changes in their bodies and do not use medications safely, they may experience problems with substance misuse without even knowing it. Some physical and mental problems that people think are just a normal part of aging or the result of an illness may actually be caused by drinking too much, incorrect use of medications or mixing medications and alcohol unsafely. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about all the medications you are taking and how much alcohol you drink.
AAA's Roadwise Rx is an online tool that details common side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Roadwise Rx generates personalized feedback on how medications, herbal supplements and foods and their interactions with each other can impact driving safety.
CLICK HERE to go to AAA Roadwise RX
Drivers are encouraged to discuss the confidential results with their doctor or pharmacist to learn how to mitigate any possible crash risks.
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Brain Fit for Life
To drive or not to drive
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